For 20 lucky people, The Brush and Spoon opened its doors at 7.30 pm on Saturday 28th January for a special evening celebration to welcome in the Chinese New Year. I had never been in the delightful village of Kilworth before and did not know of this café.
What a treat. Fabulous food, friendship and flavours. The evening started with Oriental finger food, a huge and varied array of delicacies prepared by Eric and his team in the long hours before our arrival. I cannot remember everything but there was more than enough to taste and please. Fans, chopsticks, Samurai swords and pagodas carved out of carrots were some of the theatrical props decorating the tables in the artisan shop counters. And, to eat, there was everything from oriental miniature doner kebabs, sushi and all sorts of treats in filo pastry such as prawns, duck and chicken. There was also visually attractive folds of smoked salmon and the most delicious thin slices of raw ginger like you have never tasted before. And all that was before we sat down for seven course tasting menu. The staff were lovely and confidently able to describe all the finger food set before us. And the meal itself was wonderful: the first course on our table of four people was a warm duck salad accompanied by two other dishes containing the most delicious and moist chicken breast slices and also belly of pork without the layer of fat but including crispy crackling, all served with great attention to detail and wonderful flavours. And on it went, one course equaling the next until we arrived at the final fish course which was moist salmon and scallop served on a bed of seaweed infused tagliatelle. Check out their daytime menu on their website and set off for The Brush and Spoon Café in Kilworth. You will be right pleased.
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